Review: Bennett Mafia (Tijan)

Bennett Mafia
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There were always whispers about my roommate at Hillcrest Academy.

The wealthiest of the wealthy sent their kids to our boarding school, and Brooke Bennett had been at the top, though I never quite knew why. She was fun and outgoing, but she kept quiet about her family. The only things she showed me were photographs of her brothers.

I became fascinated with her second-oldest brother. Kai Bennett.

He was the most of them all. Smoldering. Hypnotic. Alluring.
Kai had eyes that pulled me in and a face that haunted my dreams.

Then I met him.

He came to our school with their father, and that’s when I learned what kind of family Brooke came from. They were mafia, and Brooke’s oldest brother was dead. Her father said accident, but Brooke said murder.

Three months later, her father died, and Kai became the head of the Bennett Family. Brooke left Hillcrest for good, and that was the last time I saw her.

Fourteen years later, I’m staring at her face on the television. Brooke is missing.

Two days later, Kai Bennett kidnaps me.


I cannot get Bennett Mafia out of my head! Every time I read a book by Tijan, I’m stuck thinking about it for days. Her words and worlds are so addicting and emotionally impactful. It doesn’t matter if I like or dislike one of her books, I’m always left with something to work out in my mind. It happened again with this book. I can’t say that I fell head over heals in love with it, but I did really enjoy it. There were just a couple of things that I had a hard time digesting.

I was impressed with the tale Tijan told in Bennett Mafia. This book was more than just a dark romance. It had all the angst and emotional turmoil of one, but it also had some twists that reminded me of a thriller. Bennett Mafia took me on a ride. I loved that. So many things happened that I didn’t expect. It was great!

Kai and Riley were interesting characters. Riley was a tortured soul who tried to do good. She didn’t let many people in, and I found myself having a hard time getting close to her in the beginning. Once I got into her head and felt the frustration and indecision she was going through, it was easier to connect with her — which was important since she was our only narrator. Kai wasn’t really the book boyfriend type, but he was the perfect mafia king. He was demanding and intense. I would have loved to have had his point of view to know what he was thinking. Both Kai and Riley were methodical. Everything they did had a purpose. They were both very good at hiding emotions and doing what needed to be done. I think that’s why it took me a while to love both of them. I had to get past the walls they had erected just like the people in the book did.

Kai and Riley’s relationship wasn’t one made in heaven. It would be more accurate to say it was made in hell with the mafia thing and all. Their relationship made me uncomfortable at times. Not for the reasons I would have originally expected. I had a hard time buying into it. They had an immediate and intense physical attraction to each other. Their sexual tension and chemistry was strong. That’s where things kind of stopped for me, though. I didn’t feel the emotional connection between them for much of the book. I felt like the building blocks of that love or the moments they could have forged that bond weren’t really there or strong enough for me until the end. That made some of the choices they made not feel as true to me. I don’t want it to sound like I didn’t like Kai and Riley together. I did. I just wanted more from them, I guess. I wanted to feel for their relationship what I did for Samantha and Mason or Ryan and Mackenzie or Jesse and Alex.

Another thing that was uncomfortable for me was some of the brutality to the story — which I expected from a book about the mafia. I cringed through those parts as they propelled the plot forward. That kind of stuff isn’t my favorite to read, but I can handle it when I appreciate a story line. Those heinous acts were important to and perfect for Bennett Mafia.

Despite these things, I found myself addicted to the story. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I loved how things unraveled and became known. I also really loved the side characters. The Bennett family was so interesting and surprisingly lovable. Bennett Mafia may not have been my favorite Tijan romance, but it was my favorite Tijan suspense story.

Review: Boys of Brayshaw High (Meagan Brandy)

Boys of Brayshaw High
Series: Brayshaw High, #1
Author: Meagan Brandy
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Girls like you aren’t exactly welcomed at a place like this, so keep your head down and look the other way.”

Those were the exact words of my social worker when she dropped me in my newest hellhole, a place for “troubled teens”.

I didn’t listen, and now I’m on their radar.

They expect me to play along in their games of hierarchy, to fall in line in the social order they’ve deemed me fit.

Too bad for them, I don’t follow rules.
Too bad for me, they’re determined to make sure I do.

Inconceivably attractive and treated like kings…these are the boys of Brayshaw High.

And I’m the girl who got in their way.


The Boys of Brayshaw High is a book I picked up solely because Kayla told me it was similar to Fallen Crest High by Tijan. I’m a sucker for that series, so I knew I had to read it. I have to agree that it had a similar feel as FCH, so if you like that series you will most likely like this book. Now for more about this book.

I have some mixed feelings about The Boys of Brayshaw High. You can probably tell that from my 3 star rating. I liked it, but there were some things that made me shake my head. I didn’t always appreciate where the story went. There was one particular cabin incident that had me rolling my eyes and disgusted. Not because I couldn’t handle what was going on, but that it didn’t fit in the way it was supposed to in my opinion. I also found one of the twist’s timelines to be a bit confusing based on the characters’ ages and what year they were in high school. (Oh, and speaking of high school, this book might be YA aged but it was definitely new adult.) My biggest issue was probably that I didn’t connect to Raven for a really long time. I found her interesting, but a little off-putting. Honestly, her attitude sucked. I got why and got used it, but I couldn’t get used to some of the dumb decisions she made.

Now that I have those things off my chest, let me talk about what I loved about The Boys of Brayshaw High. Meagan Brandy’s writing is addictive. It had the perfect amount of angst and the emotions flowed with the story. I found myself completely caught up in all of the drama. That’s one of the things I loved most about this book — the drama. It was all over the place and kept up right until the end. I also enjoyed the twists Ms. Brandy included. I didn’t see most of them coming. I was surprised by the cliffhanger ending — which makes me mad because I didn’t realize this was a newly released book and the rest of the series isn’t out yet. Dang it!

While I didn’t always like Raven, I found her to be a great character. The chip she had on her shoulder was certainly justified. I hurt for what she had been through growing up. I hated how people treated her and slut shamed her based on her mom. (Normally, I would cringe at all the slut-shaming, but it did work with the nature of this story line.) Raven’s relationship with the Brayshaw boys was a lot of fun. I loved the steps she went through to figure out her relationship with them. It was so explosive and gritty.

The Brayshaw Boys were another one of the best things about this book. They were horrible, but also surprisingly appealing characters. I totally got why they had Raven all messed up in the head. Royce was the fun-loving one. He made me smile with his nicknames and antics. Captain was the quiet, sullen one. He had a nice sweet side. Maddoc was…mysterious. He was the leader of the pack. I couldn’t decide if I loved or hated the guy half the time. He was so cruel, and yet he had some tender moments that I couldn’t look past. I loved that he also got a point of view in this book. It would have been enough to have just Raven’s, but his brought something extra special to the mix. One thing I need to say is that I didn’t get enough answers when it came to these guys. I understand that now since two books are still coming in this series, but I’m back to being angry that they aren’t released yet because I can’t stand the mystery!

There is so much more to this book than what I’ve included in this review. It’s really hard to explain all the dynamics and crazy stuff that happens because I don’t want to spoil anything. Just know that if you love a gritty, darker, angst-y romance then you should be right at home with The Boys of Brayshaw High.

Series Review: 2 Lovers (K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield)

Today, I’m reviewing the first two books in the 2 Lover series by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield. I haven’t read the third book yet, but hopefully soon.

Text 2 Lovers
Series: 2 Lovers, #1
Authors: K. Webster, J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: J.D. Hollyfield
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

It’s the start of nothing good.
I fired off a storm of raunchy text messages…to the wrong number.
And he replied.
Him: Show me a picture.
Him: Tell me your name.
Why does the lure of anonymity have me craving to indulge a stranger?

It’s the start of everything right.
I received a slew of text messages…when everything in my life was wrong.
And she made me laugh again.
Her: You’re probably a creeper.
Her: Possibly a stalker.
Why do I have the overwhelming need to find this stranger who saved me and make her mine?

Him: Take a chance with me.
Her: This is crazy.
Him: I need to see you.
Her: What are we doing?
Him: We’re about to find out.

Her: PHOTO ATTACHED
Him: PHOTO ATTACHED

My thoughts:

Oh, boy. I am not sure how I’m going to explain my feelings for Text 2 Lovers. I’ve wanted to read it for a while now. I love the whole accidental texting and then falling for each other thing. It has worked well for me in other books. It started off working well for me in Text 2 Lovers, too. Then, all of a sudden it became a hot mess.

I loved how Text 2 Lovers began with Dani accidentally sending Ram crazy texts when she thought she was texting her ex. I loved how he responded. It was all so funny and cute. Dani was this overly apologetic and nice person. It was both a great thing about her and her biggest problem. It reminded me a bit of younger self. Ram was a great guy who was very forward. He had some work related stuff he was working through. How they ended up meeting in person and all the things that went with their relationship were adorable. They made a sweet couple.

What I couldn’t stomach was how quickly their texts changed from innocent to racy. Maybe I’m just too old and married to get how someone with such an innocent vibe like Dani would be comfortable taking the step into sharing some very personal moments, pictures, and conversations. It just didn’t work for me. I loved everything else about this story, though.

Oh! I have to mention one of the other things I loved! The side characters were amazing. Dani’s best friend, Andie, cracked me up. I loved her crazy self. Ram had an awesome older brother, Roman. Roman was all uptight. Andie + Roman = magic. I was so happy to see there was a second book about them. I have high hopes for that one.

Overall, Text 2 Lovers was a good read. I had a couple of issues with it, but ended up enjoying it anyways. It’s worth reading — even if only for the introduction to Andie and Roman. I have a feeling their book is going to be so much fun!


Hate 2 Lovers
Series: 2 Lovers, #2
Authors: K. Webster, J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

She hates him and his big head.
He likes her and her big t*ts.

She hates him because she somehow ends up naked every time she sees him.
He likes her because she somehow ends up naked every time he sees her.

She hates him because the big oaf knocked her up with his kid.
He likes her because she’s carrying his child.

She hates the way he gets inside her head.
He likes the way she lets him see glimpses of her heart.

Andie: I hate you.
Roman: I know…but I’m going to change that.

My thoughts:

With the Andie/Roman cliffhanger that ended Text 2 Lovers, I had to pick up Hate 2 Lovers immediately. I loved Andie and Roman’s dynamic so much in that first book. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to become of their crazy interactions.

Hate 2 Lovers was everything that I had hoped it would be. First, it was hilarious. Andie was just so much. She’s over the top even more than she was in the last book. I couldn’t get enough of her crazy antics. Second, it was sweet. Despite his outer grumble, Roman had a soft and gooey center. He would have done anything for Andie, and it was so sweet! Third, there was all sorts of crazy drama that made the story entertaining. I would like to say I think both Andie and Roman learned some valuable lessons in some tough ways. Finally, it made me want to read the third book — about a couple I actually wasn’t interested in at all.

I guess what I’m saying is the writing was exceptional all around. Bravo to K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield for this incredibly fun contemporary romance.

Review: Motion (Penny Reid)

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Motion
Series: Laws of Physics, #1; Hypothesis, #2.1
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

One week.
Home alone.
Girl genius.
Unrepentant slacker.
Big lie.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona is a smart girl and figured everything out a long time ago. She had to. She didn’t have a choice. When your parents are uber-celebrities and you graduate from high school at fifteen, finish college at eighteen, and start your PhD program at nineteen, you don’t have time for distractions outside of your foci. Even fun is scheduled. Which is why Abram, her brother’s best friend, is such an irritant.

Abram is a talented guy, a supremely gifted musician, and has absolutely nothing figured out, nor does he seem to care. He does what he feels, when he feels, and—in Mona’s opinion—he makes her feel entirely too much.


Penny Reid really does write smart romances. This one was so smart that it was over my head at moments. laughs I only wish I was joking! I feel like I need to go back to science classes for this one, people! It doesn’t help that I didn’t have to take physics… Anyways.

Motion was a fun read. It had all the elements I love in a Penny Reid romance. Her writing is just as entertaining and fresh as always. The characters were original and quirky in the best ways. I was sucked into the story from the very beginning. There was way more going on than the blurb lets on, and couldn’t wait to find out how uptight Mona was going to deal with everything that came her way.

If I had to describe Mona, it would be as Janie 2.0 (Neanderthal Seeks Human, Knitting in the City #1). She was incredibly smart, liked things a certain way, and talked in a way that reminded me of Janie. Where with some authors I might say, “Didn’t I already read about this character in another book?”, Mona didn’t feel like a copycat version of Janie. She had her own personality, but was close enough to Janie that I felt an immediate connection to her. If that makes sense?

Abram… Well, I would have loved to been in his head. We didn’t get his point of view this book, and I was a little sad about that. I was very interested in his disposition. He was all laid back musician, but he pretty by the books. I found him almost as interesting as Mona did. I would have loved to have known more about what he was thinking.

Mona and Abram had this incredibly fun dynamic going on. I can’t tell you exactly what it was because I don’t want to spoil it, but it was highly entertaining. From the minute I started reading it, I was like “Uh oh. This can’t be good…” I say that in a good way. There was so much fun to be had! I say that in a good way! I loved reading Mona’s reactions to her feelings about Abram. I do have to say that I wasn’t at all satisfied with how their time together played out, BUT that’s only because it ended in a big old, whopping cliffhanger. (DANG IT!)

Now that I’ve read Motion, I can’t wait for Space. I really, really, really want to know what’s next in Mona and Abram’s world. I can only imagine what’s going to happen… I am also very interested in going back and reading a few of the Penny Reid books that I haven’t read yet because I know some of the characters from this book are in those books.

Overall, Motion was a great smart romance — cliffhanger and all. I can’t wait to get my hands on Space!

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Review: Huge Deal (Lauren Layne)

Huge Deal
Series: 21 Wall Street, #3
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.


It’s not very often I drop what I’m reading to pick up a new release the moment it comes out, but that’s what I did for Huge Deal. I have been waiting for this book since I read the first 21 Wall Street book. I couldn’t wait to find out what would come between Kate and Kennedy.

Lauren Layne’s writing was just as cute and fun as always. She really does a great job keeping things light while adding some deeper issues to her stories. Ms. Layne also does both first and third person very well. She’s one of the only writers who can use third person without making me cringe. Huge Deal was written in third person, and I didn’t notice it…much. I do wish she had written this book in first person because the first two books in the series were written in first. It threw me off that this one was in third for a minute, but like I said, it didn’t notice it much.

As for the actual story, I loved it! Kate and Kennedy were adorable! I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this. I loved how Kennedy had to work through his thoughts and feelings. It was so true to his character. I loved that Kate was the opposite, despite being just as uptight as Kennedy was. They were just so stinking perfect together! Everything they went through and did for each other was so special.

If you’re a fan of this series, you will love getting to see Ian, Lara, Matt, and Sabrina again. You will also love getting to meet Kennedy’s brother, Jack. I loved that guy! I kind of hope we get a book about him at some point. I also really loved Kennedy’s dad.

You’re not going to want to miss Huge Deal if you are a fan of this series — even if third person isn’t your favorite. Kennedy and Kate are so adorable that you won’t want to miss their story.

Review: Luck of the Devil (Meghan March)

Luck of the Devil
Series: Forge Trilogy, #2
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: Meghan March LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Meghan March continues the story of ruthless, calculating billionaire Jericho Forge in Luck of the Devil.

My poker face has always been my greatest asset, along with my grit and determination. I was beholden to no one. Asked permission for nothing.

Then Jericho Forge took my life by storm.

I traded my freedom for something infinitely more precious, but I didn’t realize Forge was holding an unbeatable hand.

Now, all I have to do is survive the high-stakes game my life has become—with my heart intact.

But not falling in love with Forge will take the luck of the devil.

Luck of the Devil is the second book of the Forge Trilogy and should be read following Deal with the Devil. The Forge Trilogy concludes in Heart of the Devil.


If you were to see my face right now, immediately after finishing Luck of the Devil, you would think I look like that guy screaming with his mouth and eyes wide open in that one famous painting. It isn’t a look of fear in my case, but one of utter shock. This isn’t anything new when reading a Meghan March book because she’s the queen of cliffhangers, but man! I had ideas and she still managed to blow my mind.

I thought I knew where Luck of the Devil was headed after the cliffhanger in Deal with the Devil. India and Jericho’s path seemed pretty cut and dry. Yeah, I was wrong about that. There was no way I could have guessed what was lurking on the horizon for them. Even when things did go the way I was expecting, something else didn’t. That’s all really vague and not very helpful, but I can’t give anything away.

What I can say is that you will love this installment of the Forge Trilogy. Indie and Jericho’s relationship is just as volatile, sexy, and sweet as you would expect. Their story is as exciting, adventurous, and dangerous as you are hoping. As soon as you are finished, you are going to be begging for the third book. I know I am.

Review: Text Me Baby One More Time (Teagan Hunter)

Text Me Baby One More Time
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: February 11, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

A second-chance romcom.

I love you, he said.
Forever, he said.
Turns out, he lied.

When he leaves me high and dry after a cross-country move, I push him out of my life as much as I can, which is hard to do when the guy who broke your heart also happens to be the most famous dude in town.

After a disastrous year, he’s aiming to rehab his reputation, and I just so happen to be aiming for a promotion at the paper.

So, we strike a deal, and it’s a win-win all around.

Besides, what’s the harm in a few dates to charity galas anyway?

He’s arrogant, a total jerk. There’s no way I’ll fall for him…again.

I used to love him. Now I hate him…I think.


 I was excited about Text Me Baby One More Time from the moment I heard about its release because (one) the title is a spoof of one of the titles from my favorite guilty pleasure singer Ms. Spears, (two) I absolutely adore this series of standalone romances, and (three) it’s a second chance romance! I was also super curious to find out who this book was going to be about. Now that I know, I’m even more excited about that piece. Which is weird because I’m done reading the book, but IT WAS JUST SO UNEXPECTED! (Yes, that needed shout-y caps!)

Oh my goodness! I’m so excited to tell you all about this book! There’s these two people, let’s call them Cap and Bucky. Cap and Bucky have this text relationship going on (Is this a spoiler? This whole series is based around texts, so I’m going with no.) and then a bunch of stuff happens. Cap and Bucky’s relationship blows up (see second chance romance up in the blurb). They later reconnect and strike a deal: an interview for a few dates to charity galas. It’s not all fun and games, but there are a lot of hilarious and swoon worthy moments. That’s all I can really say about the plot because Cap and Bucky are not to be spoiled for you.

I adored this book. It was simply charming. I was having such a good time reading it, that it drove me nuts that I couldn’t figure out who Cap was at first. I remember Cap’s name, but not the back story. Once I remembered it all, my perceptions of everything changed a bit. It was eye-opening and I couldn’t decide if I loved or hated Teagan Hunter for this. I’m going to go with loved because like I said, I adored this book.

As much as I loved Cap and Bucky, I must say there was another star of this book that might just have stolen the spotlight: Steve. Steve made me so happy. Steve made Cap look good, and that was only part of his appeal. Bucky was so dang cute with him. I couldn’t handle all the cuteness! Gah! I loved it!

Anyways. Sorry, this review is so rambly. I guess what is left to say is that if you loved the rest of this series, you will love Text Me Baby One More Time. If you haven’t read this series yet and are interested in this book, I highly recommend you start at the beginning with Let’s Get Textual and read all of the books. Characters and situations pop back up and you don’t want any spoilers. Trust me on that one!

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About TEAGAN HUNTER

TEAGAN HUNTER is a Missouri-raised gal, but currently lives in North Carolina with her US Marine husband, where she spends her days begging him for a cat. She survives off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. She enjoys cold weather, buys more paperbacks than she’ll ever read, and never says no to brownies. For more information, please visit www.teaganhunterwrites.com. Website | Facebook | Reader Group | Twitter | Instagram | Book+Main | Pinterest | Amazon | Goodreads | BookBub

Review: The Ghostwriter (Alessandra Torre)

The Ghostwriter
Author: Alessandra Torre
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Publisher: DCA
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me.

I wasn’t surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune.

Now, I have one last story to write. It’ll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath.

They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.


The Ghostwriter is one of those books I’m kicking myself for not reading sooner. It has been on my Kindle since it was released, but I kept putting it off. I shouldn’t have. Honestly, I was impressed with everything about this book. It was my kind of thriller.

I have read one other book by Alessandra Torre (Moonshot). I was impressed with her writing in that book, but the writing in The Ghostwriter blew me away. It was so freaking addictive! The tone was so perfect. There was this air of mystery and darkness. I couldn’t get enough of how it pulled me deeper and deeper into the story. As far as thrillers go, this one can be a little sleepy and uneventful at times. That didn’t bug me because the writing kept me interested in those moments as the story built. And what a story it was! I can honestly say I didn’t see any of the twists coming. There weren’t a ton of twists, just a couple, but they had a major impact. I was so impressed with them.

I know I haven’t said much about the actual plot and characters of The Ghostwriter, but it’s one of those books you have to read for yourself. You don’t want any little thing to be spoiled for you. If you’re a fan of Tarryn Fisher’s books or Colleen Hoover’s Verity, I’m 99.9% sure you would appreciate The Ghostwriter.

Review: Famous in a Small Town (Emma Mills)

Famous in a Small Town
Author: Emma Mills
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.

The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.

What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.


Famous in a Small Town is one of those books that is hard to assign a rating to. Emma Mills’ writing is so good. She always keeps me captivated with her words, stories, and characters. I loved reading it, yet there were a few things that bothered me.

The small town setting of Famous in a Small Town was a lot of fun. I loved how I could imagine the businesses and houses as if I was there with the characters. The close-knit but also stifling feel of a small town came across well. I could feel the ups and downs of living somewhere so small in each and every character.

Sophie was a great main character for this book and its setting. She loved living in Acadia.  I understood her fear of the future, of leaving home and everything changing. Sophie didn’t want to lose the close connection she had with her friends and family. I loved her, but I also became annoyed with her. Her involvement and dedication to her marching band was something to commend her for, but it was almost too much at times. She became extremely fixated on things, and it took me a very long time to understand it.

As in every one of her books, Emma Mills created a cast of memorable friends for her main character. Brit and Flora complimented Sophie is different ways. Flora was a sweet, simpler friend for Sophie. Brit was the rougher, blatantly honest one. Terrance and Dash were the male counterparts that evened out there group. I loved how they all interacted with each other and the closeness they shared. I do have to admit that there were a couple of times I wanted to throttle Brit. I didn’t feel like she was being the best of friends to Sophie, but I think we all have one of those friends who doesn’t know when to keep their mouth shut.

Then, there was August. August was new to town. Sophie baby-sat for his brother and brought him into her friend group. August and Sophie had an instant connection. They got each other’s humor and had instant chemistry, but they were just friends. I didn’t always love the way August treated Sophie. He abused their friendship at times. Sophie handled it well, but she also was more forgiving than I hope most of us would be. Probably not, but I want to believe so.

But wait? What about Megan, the famous hometown singer? What happens with her and getting her to come back to town? Well, that’s something you will just have to read this book to find out yourself. There are some surprises I didn’t see coming with this part of the story. Actually, there were several things I didn’t see coming that threw me off a bit. I couldn’t decide if I loved them or not.

Overall, Famous in a Small Town was a great YA contemporary read. It had memorable characters, a touching story, and a group of friends I would love to revisit.

Review: Fumbled (Alexa Martin)

Fumbled
Series: Playbook, #2
Author: Alexa Martin
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

A second chance doesn’t guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.


Alexa Martin’s début novel, Intercepted, was one of my favorite books of 2018. I was very impressed with her writing and story telling abilities. Her characters and their story was so much fun. I have been eagerly awaiting her next book from the moment I finished the first one. I’m happy to report that Fumbled was just as good as Intercepted — if not even better!!! That crazy because of how amazing Intercepted was.

Fumbled is the story of a single mother (Poppy) who is trying to make ends meat as a waitress at cabaret club. One night, her table contains the last man she ever wants to see again. TK is a famous football player and the father of her child — a child he didn’t want. Poppy wants nothing to do with TK, but he feels the exact opposite. Poppy has a hard time fighting her feelings for TK, and knows it’s only time before she has to tell TK about the son they share.

This book had my attention from the get go. Poppy was such a fun character. I loved how strong and resilient she was. Poppy made the best out of the hand she was dealt and didn’t complain. Her emotions were real and raw. I would have felt the same way she did. I could totally identify with how she put her son first.

As for Poppy’s relationship with TK, it was filled with some great ups and downs. They not only had to navigate getting to know each other all over again, they had to learn to trust again. Add in learning to share a child, and there was a lot going on for them. I found their second chance romance very cute. I did wish a couple of times that I had TK’s point of view. It would have been nice to know what he was thinking sometimes.

In case you have read Intercepted, I feel the need to point out that there were not any hashtags in this book. (There were a plethora in that one and they drove me nuts after a while.) There was only one small thing that bothered me with this book. I don’t know if it’s just a me thing or if others will make more notice of it with the foreshadowing. One of the big problems towards the end surprised me a bit. Like I said, it was foreshadowed, but I think it didn’t hit as hard for me because I didn’t get to know these characters before present day. I think if I had some previous knowledge of personality I might have felt a little more invested in this part of the story. Sorry to be vague. I don’t want to give it away.

Overall, I adored Fumbled. It was one of those reads that made me not want to put the book down. I’m happy to have read it, but sad that I have to wait for the third book in this series.